Project Based Learning. What is it good for?????
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What is Project-Based Learning?

Project Based Learning is an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. A

Activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom.

Project Based Learning is synonymous with learning in depth. A well-designed project provokes students to encounter (and struggle with) the central concepts and principles of a discipline.

Project Based Learning teaches students 21 st century skills as well as content. These skills include communication and presentation skills, organization and time management skills, research and inquiry skills, self-assessment and reflection skills, and group participation and leadership skills.

Project Based Learning is generally done by groups of students working together toward a common goal. Performance is assessed on an individual basis, and takes into account the quality of the product produced, the depth of content understanding demonstrated, and the contributions made to the ongoing process of project realization.

Finally, Project Based Learning allows students to reflect upon their own ideas and opinions, exercise voice and choice, and make decisions that affect project outcomes and the learning process in general.external image collaborative.jpg

IMPORTANT to remember: Design with the end in mind

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Here are some Math examples:
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Mathematics as a Human Endeavor
Formal mathematics has a 5,000 year history, going back to the time that the Sumerians developed both writing and mathematics. Some of the important milestones in math are named after specific people (for example, Euclidean geometry, Pythagorean theorem) and many others are not (for example, abacus, fractions, decimals).
Activity 2: Select a person or topic from the history of mathematics. Do a project on it designed to increase your knowledge of your selected topic, and then to effectively share your increased knowledge with your fellow students.
Activity 3: Do a project on math-oriented aids to the human mind.
Activity 4: Do a project on women in mathematics, or on people of color in mathematics.

Here are some English examples:
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Community Connections is a new project designed to bring students together with their host families (Friendship Families) for work days at local community service agencies. While completing this volunteer work, students will conduct interviews, take photos and, afterwards, write up their experiences. A Web page, to be maintained by the ISALC ESL/Community Outreach Intern, will serve as a record of the service visits and will publicize the work done by students and their Friendship Families. The main goals of the project are to provide a meaningful context in which to develop students' language skills, while strengthening ties with their Friendship Families and the Portland community. This project will be one component of an intermediate-level Communications Skills course, focusing on volunteerism and service-learning, which will be implemented this summer. http://www.lclark.edu/~krauss/connectionsweb/home.html